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19 June 2022

Today marks the second federal Juneteenth holiday, which officially falls on June 19, a Sunday this year. Which is probably a good thing considering only 18 states have passed legislation that would provide funding to let state employees observe the day as a paid state holiday. They've got another year to get it together.

General Order No. 3.. Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, June 19, 1865.

As a nation, we seem to forget what's special about June 19.

On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, announcing that in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, "all slaves are free." He and his Union troops had arrived to enforce the law.

President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, declaring that as of Jan. 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union "shall be then, thenceforward and forever free."

It took a little while for the news to reach Texas. But they've been celebrating Juneteenth every year since.

By 2019, 47 states and the District of Columbia officially recognized Juneteenth. And Texas was among those 18 states that made it a paid holiday for state employees.

"Great nations do not ignore their most painful moments -- they face them," President Biden said in his Juneteenth proclamation today. "To heal, we must remember. We must never rest until the promise of our Nation is made real for all Americans."

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